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Former Kentucky players ready to start NBA playoffs

Wildcats lead the nation with 13 players
D'Angelo Russell, Anthony Davis
Posted at 10:27 AM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 16:13:59-04

ORLANDO, Fla. — The NBA Playoffs begin inside the "bubble" in Orlando on Monday and there will be a nation-leading 13 former Kentucky players on rosters trying to win the Championship.

Nine of the sixteen teams include a former UK players. Three teams have multiple Wildcats, led by the Oklahoma City Thunder with three (Hamidou Diallo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Nerlens Noel).

Boston Celtics (1) – Enes Kanter
Dallas Mavericks (1) – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Denver Nuggets (1) – Jamal Murray
LA Clippers (1) – Patrick Patterson
LA Lakers (2) – Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo (injured)
Miami Heat (2) – Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro
Milwaukee Bucks (1) – Eric Bledsoe
OKC Thunder (3) – Hamidou Diallo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nerlens Noel
Portland Trail Blazers (1) – Wenyen Gabriel

Current UK Coach John Calipari has coached 12 of the 13 players. Rajon Rondo is the only one that didn't suit up for Coach Cal at Kentucky. Two of the series – the Los Angeles Lakers (Davis and Rondo) vs. the Portland Trail Blazers (Gabriel) and the Los Angeles Clippers (Patterson) vs. the Dallas Mavericks (Kidd-Gilchrist) – feature Wildcats going head to head.